We are offering opportunities for people who are comfortable challenging conventional wisdom, and who wish to work in a cerebral environment. The Weiss Asset Management (WAM) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship was created to give exceptionally talented recent PhDs of all backgrounds the opportunity to apply their expertise to challenging problems, while continuing to pursue their academic research interests in parallel. The length of the program can be up to a year, with a possibility to extend the end date or lead to a full-time offer.
The core values at Weiss Asset Management are integrity, intellectual curiosity, and openness to constructive criticism. We support a culture of intellectual rigor and active debate akin to a premier research institute.
Selected fellows will work with the investment team, which invests in equities, derivatives, and fixed income in over 40 different markets. Techniques include data analytics, analysis of micro-structure of markets, interpretation of the economic implications of legal documents, as well as standard analyses of economic fundamentals. and are also encouraged to come up with their own innovative research theses and plans. Comprehensive trainings and mentorship will be provided to the selected fellows: no knowledge of or experience in finance is required.
Highlights of a WAM Post-doc fellowship:
- Fellows will collaborate with the investment team and complete real projects that directly impact our investment strategies and can expect to contribute at most stages of the investment process, including sourcing, researching, and modelling.
- In addition to WAM research projects, fellows will be allowed to spend a proportion of their time working on academic research projects of their choice.
- We provide a wide range of trainings to ensure a smooth transition.
- Each fellow is assigned fellowship mentors from the investment team, who are consistently available to discuss, debate, offer help and feedback.
- We have the flexibility to tailor projects to better suit each fellow’s fields of interest. We also encourage fellows to work with different groups across the organization throughout the year.
- We host a variety of events in and out of the office each month to allow new members of the firm to get to know and interact with a diverse and accomplished group of colleagues
- Given the pandemic situation, fellows have the option to start in a remote setting and return to the office when they decide it is safe enough to do so.
How to apply:
- To apply, please fill out the application form for “Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship” on our job board and submit the following materials:
- An updated resume including your cumulative GPA from each of your degree programs and standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, etc.) broken down by subject area.
- An updated, unofficial transcripts from each of your degree programs.
- Sample of work from your past researches
About the company:
Weiss Asset Management is a Boston-based investment firm whose hedge funds and institutional accounts invest approximately $2 billion in over 60 markets. For over 25 years, WAM has developed proprietary value-based strategies designed to deliver top-tier returns to its investors, which include charitable foundations, pension plans, endowments, hospitals, government entities and private investors.
Team members represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds and academic disciplines ranging from History and Literature to Pure and Applied Mathematics and Physics. Everyone is encouraged to share ideas, respectfully critique colleagues and help each other learn. Personal development is central to the firm’s culture.
Full-time employees at WAM feature PhD analysts across a great variety of disciplines including Economics, Applied Physics, and Materials Engineering.
For more information about WAM, please visit our website: www.weissasset.com
About our founder, Andrew Weiss:
Andrew Weiss, the founder and CEO of WAM, is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Boston University. Weiss has lectured at numerous major universities and international organizations and is the author of over 45 articles published in professional journals. His academic research has included markets with imperfect information, macro-economics, development economics, and labor economics. He ranks in the top 1% of published economists by citations, and his co-authored paper “Credit Rationing in Markets with Imperfect Information” with Joseph Stiglitz was prominently featured in the Nobel Prize committee statement for Stiglitz’s 2001 Nobel Prize Award. After receiving his PhD from Stanford, Weiss began his career at Columbia University and as a Research Economist in the Mathematics Center at Bell Laboratories, concurrently. He was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 1989.
Weiss serves on the Advisory Boards of the University of California Center for Effective Global Action, Last Mile Health, the University for Global Health Equity (Rwanda), and the UBS Optimus Foundation. He is a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Weiss co-founded CRI Foundation, a foundation dedicated to fighting poverty in less developed countries. The Weiss Family Fund supports research in development economics by graduate students and junior faculty at major universities throughout the world.
WAM is a fit for you if:
- You enjoy a collaborative environment. At WAM, all employees can expect to work directly with members of other teams representing a range of backgrounds.
- You work well in a flat structure and are comfortable voicing dissenting opinion. Talent and work ethic, not titles, will dictate what you can achieve at WAM. Half of our investment committee began their careers here as interns.
- You are driven to constantly learn, improve, and make rational decisions, and you welcome receiving feedback as well as sharing knowledge with others.
- You do not want to compromise on ethical standards.
WAM is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.